October 2014 Update 

Hello CAUL-CBUA Community,

It is hard to believe that September is already behind us and that the Fall 2014 Semester is in full swing. Here in Halifax, the streets have filled with returning students and the libraries are already teeming with eager scholars. The Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Le Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l'Atlantique and its Committees have been just as busy, and I’m excited to share the news about upcoming events and
committee projects.

Details for the following license renewals are now available: Project MUSE, e-Duke Journals, CPI.Q, and Annual Reviews.

Before 2014 comes to an end, you can expect to see details for Biological Abstracts, eHRAF Archeology and World Cultures, Canada’s Heritage, Canada Info Desk, GeoScienceWorld, LexisNexis Academic and Quicklaw, and NFB Campus.

A consortium license and discount have recently been arranged for Mango Languages. Prorated pricing is available for institutions, so that the 2015 renewal will coincide for all members.
Trials for DSM-5 and PsychiatryOnline are available through Consortia Canada. The deadline to express interest in these products is October 10.   

The Document Delivery Group upgraded to Relais v.2014 at select libraries yesterday. If the upgrade was successful, all of the libraries will move forward with this upgrade. The DDG currently accesses Relais through remote desktops, but is examining the Relais ILL hosted client, which will be tested at UNBSJ. The DDG Working Group continues to make progress towards their goal of developing a system that will allow all member libraries to access Relais reports and invoices.

The Digital Preservation & Stewardship Committee is active on a number of fronts. A key update is the Research Data Management Working Group's plan to release an interim report and recommendations for the Spring Board of Directors meeting. The DPSC Committee is now in regular contact with a team from Libraries and Archives Canada and will have a virtual meeting 3-4 times a year to share digital preservation strategies and priorities. Also, the Obsolete Formats list is now available to members on the CAUL-CBUA website. 

The Copyright Committee is currently creating a list of questions for librarians to consider when signing a model license agreement. In copyright related news, during my recent visit to Mount Saint Vincent University, I learned about a staff copyright book club. The group is currently discussing “Canadian Copyright: Citizen’s guide to Copyright”. Another great example of collaborative learning in the library!

The Scholarly Communications Committee has appointed Lise Brin from St.Francis Xavier University as the new Committee Chair and would like to thank the outgoing Chair, Lisa Goddard from Memorial University, for her dedication to the committee. They are also welcoming a new member, Victoria Volkanova from Université de Moncton. The committee is currently working on a guide to evaluating Open Access publishers. They would also like to remind members that the Tri-Agency's Open Access mandate is scheduled to be released this October, so libraries should explore their Institutional repository options and prepare for communicating with their campus community about this announcement. Please note that Dalhousie has offered space in their repository to those institutions unable to house on-site. Finally, just a reminder that Open Access Week will be October 20 - October 26, 2014. Extensive resources and downloadable promotional materials can be found at

The Collections Committee held their first meeting on September 29, during which Jennifer Richard from Acadia University was elected as Chair. The committee discussed issues surrounding consortial licensing and has highlighted potential projects.

The Collaborative Research and Innovative Grant Award Committee has extended the deadline for proposals to October 15, 2015. Please send proposals to me before this date, using the email below. 

The Board of Directors Fall Meeting will be held at the UNB Fredericton Campus on Tuesday, October 28. Contact me with any reports or suggestions you would like to have presented at this meeting.

New Treasurer

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Marthe Brideau as the new CAUL-CBUA Treasurer. Marthe was elected as Treasurer at the 2014 Annual General Meeting, held on Monday, September 8, 2014. She has been bibliothécaire en chef of the Bibliothèque Champlain at l'Université de Moncton since January 2013. 

The Directors would like to thank Tanja Harrison, the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University and the outgoing CAUL-CBUA Treasurer, for her significant contributions and continuous support throughout her term.
Looking for funding opportunities? The submission deadline for proposals for the 2014 Collaborative Research & Innovation Grant has been extended to midnight on October 15, 2014. Proposals should be submitted via email to To learn more about the Grant, visit our website
The new mailing lists for CAUL-CBUA committees and communications have been launched. The former ListServs are currently being archived. The Board of Directors would like to thank St. Francis Xavier University and the University of New Brunswick for hosting the former ListServs. In particular, thanks to Elaine MacLean and Lynne Murphy for managing the Collections List and John Teskey for managing the Directors List.

Open Access Week will be October 20 - October 26. Dalhousie University will be celebrating this week by hosting a panel discussion entitled “Differing Perspectives on Open Access”, and a presentation by Nick Lindsay entitled “Open Access at MIT Press: OA in a Large University Press”. Details about these events are available on the Dalhousie Libraries blog 

Information Services and Systems at the University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus will be hosting bailiwick 2014, "Discover the full impact of your research", a one-day conference focusing on Altmetrics. The event will be held on October 23 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Whitebone Lounge, UNBSJ. Registration is $65.00 for non-students and free for students. For more information, visit the bailiwick website or contact Wayne Hansen

The University of New Brunswick Fredericton Campus will be hosting an Open Journal Systems Editor Workshop on November 21. The workshop will give an overview of OJS and focus on the editorial process, peer review, galley upload, and issue publication. It will be led by Mike Nason from UNB, with seats costing $100 for those outside of the Centre for Digital Scholarship (formerly ETC) Journals operation or the UNB community. For more information, contact James Kerr.
Feel free to contact me at kreddy@caul-cbua if you have any information or events that you would like included in the December update.

Kathryn Reddy
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